What is going on in Amurica? Have you noticed the resurgence of the Osmond dynasty? First they garnered new attention due to Marie's Dancing with the Stars passing out moment, then with Father Osmond's passing away, then on the great Oprah lollapolooza, then Marie's revelation on Larry King that her 16 year-old son is in rehab, and now Entertainment Tonight is going to devote an hour to them.
Apparently, people, we're seeing some kind of reawakening, a revival, a renaissance--it's an Osmania epidemic.
It was a little creepy seeing all of those middle aged women in Oprah's audience still swooning over "Puppy Love." These are the same deluded women who thought Donny was singing the song to them personally in 1970-whatever, and now they still imagine he's singing directly to them. Puh-leeze. I've held my peace long enough--I feel I must finally come out of the shadows and admit that it was I to whom Donny was singing all of his songs in 1970-whatever, and it was so, so obvious on Oprah that he's still hung up on me on me, poor guy.
Of course I have a couple of friends who contend that they also had the idea to head out to Utah when they were 11 to marry him, but seeing as I had actually been through Utah once in a sweltering camper with my stupid brother pestering me all the way to CA and back, I was way ahead of those amateurs.
Yes, I had most of their albums, had a Donny lunch box in elementary school, and I saw them in concert twice. The ugly sequined jumpsuit era was the best, wasn't it? In that first picture, have you ever seen a happier girl on Christmas morning? And I don't know why I look so sober in the next pic unless I was trying to be cool.
I'm wondering, as I look at that album cover now, what message their promoters were trying to get across?: "Osmonds--The New Squeaky Clean Kind of Pimps"?
And I don't know what took me so long, but I just had myself a ball looking at old footage on You Tube, including those state fair concerts. I have to say, in all seriousness, I choked up. I felt like someone had picked me up and placed me back in 1973, and I was 10 years old again. I remembered what it was like to be that happy, goofy little girl in the first picture for the first time since I've grown up. That was fun.
So here they are singing one of my favorites, and you should watch it because I'm an expert. The best part is the choreography during "Turnin', turnin' love keeps a-burnin' like a fire in my heart when we're apart, but when we're back together, you keep changin' like the weather. Whoops Now!" ("Yo-Yo") You will crack up and find yourself movin' your shoulders up and down. Yes you will.
So, I was shopping tonight, and I came across a Christmas CD that, while not a new release, may be newly interesting to those out there experiencing resurrected Donny love. So I'm giving it away. Just leave me a comment and tell people about it and I'll draw for it next OsMonday, November 26.
Here are the selections FYI:
1 Angels We Have Heard On High
2 God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
3 I've Been Looking For Christmas
4 After December Slips Away
5 The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
6 Baby, What You Goin' To Be
7 Deck The Halls / Hark The Herald Angels Sing
8 I'll Be Home For Christmas
9 Who Took the Merry Out of Christmas
10 O Holy Night / Divine
11 Soldier's King
12 The Kid In Me
13 My Grown-Up Christmas List
14 Mary Did You Know?
15 Come To The Manger